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Deacetylation of chiral ferrocenyl-containing β-diketones promoted by ethylene diamine: Spectroscopic and structural characterization of the fragmentation products

Abstract : It is well known that β-diketones react with primary amines, readily forming the corresponding Schiff base derivatives. However, in the present case, the chiral ferrocenyl-containing β-diketones, 3-(1-ferrocenylethyl)-pentane-2,4-dione (1a), 1-(4- methoxyphenyl)-2-(1-ferrocenylethyl)-butane-1,3-dione (1b), and 1-ferrocenyl-2-(1- ferrocenylethyl)-butane-1,3-dione (1c) react with ethylene diamine under acidic conditions in refluxing toluene to yield, unexpectedly, their deacetylated counterparts, 3-ferrocenyl-butane-2-one (2a), 1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-3-ferrocenyl-butane-1-one (2b), and 1,3-bisferrocenyl-butane-2-one (2c), respectively. Such deacetylation reactions are accompagned by the formation of 2-methyl-2-imidazoline. A reaction mechanism involving an intramolecular Michael addition followed by a retro-Mannich rearrangement is suggested. The ketones 2a-c are fully characterized by analytical and spectroscopic methods. Additionally, compounds 2a and 2c are authenticated by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The electrochemical behaviour of the bimetallic complex 2c is also investigated.
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Guillermo Ahumada, Juan Soto, David Carrillo, Carolina Manzur, Thierry Roisnel, et al.. Deacetylation of chiral ferrocenyl-containing β-diketones promoted by ethylene diamine: Spectroscopic and structural characterization of the fragmentation products. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Elsevier, 2014, 770, pp.14 - 20. ⟨10.1016/j.jorganchem.2014.07.019⟩. ⟨hal-01074972⟩

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